Karen Mills works for Word Partners (formerly known as Leadership Resources International - LRI). She lives in Tinley Park, Illinois, near Chicago. Her husband Bill died earlier this year after being the long-term executive of LRI. Scenic Park Bible Church has been supporting the Mills’ involvement in ministry since 1997.
Bill and Karen Mills celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2016. They have two grown sons, Peter and Joel, and a daughter-in-law, Helyn, who has been married to Peter for fourteen years. Peter serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Madison, Wisconsin, and Joel is a veterinarian in Palos Heights, Illinois, where the LRI office is also located.
Bill and Karen were privileged to begin the ministry of Leadership Resources International in 1970. It began as a one-to-one discipleship ministry, transitioned to Bible conferences for churches, then missions and then pastors around the world. Today that work is focused on encouraging and equipping nationals throughout the world to teach God’s Word with God’s heart. They do this training throughout Asia, the South Pacific, Latin America, Africa, and the former Soviet Union.
Karen works full time in the LRI office, handling the escrow accounts for each of the staff members and for each of their projects around the world. Bill served as the Regional Director for Russia and Central Asia. LRI has pastoral training teams they call TNT (Training National Trainers); two in Asia, two in Asia Minor, two in Ukraine, and four in Russia. They actually have ninety-three of these pastoral training teams going on around the world right now, many of them led by “mentor trainers” who have graduated from the program and gone through a deeper level of training. They serve with TNT now as teachers and leaders.
They would appreciate prayers that God would raise up additional regional directors for their area. They have many requests for their training in Eastern Europe and would like to divide that into a separate region and continue with an additional regional director for Russia and one for Central Asia as well.
16809 Misty Lane
Tinley Park, IL 60477
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